Highland cattle (Scots: Heilan coo) are a Scottish cattle breed. They have long horns and an unusual double coat of hair. On the outside is the oily outer hair—the longest of any cattle breed—covering a downy undercoat. This makes them well suited to conditions in the Highlands, which have a high annual rainfall and sometimes very strong winds. Their skill in foraging for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas where they both graze and eat plants that many other cattle avoid. They can dig through the snow with their horns to find buried plants.
Highland cattle have a longer expected lifespan than most other breeds of cattle, up to 20 years.
The hair color of Highland cattle can vary from black, brindled, red, yellow and dun.
Highlands are raised primarily for their meat. They originated in the Highlands and Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland and were first mentioned in the 6th century AD. The first herd book described two distinct types of Highland cattle - black ones from the Outer Hebrides and mostly red ones in the Highlands - but, due to crossbreeding between the two, only one type now exists and is registered.
They have a docile temperament and the milk has a high butterfat content, so have traditionally been used as house cows. They are generally good-natured animals but very protective of their young.
All European cattle cope relatively well with low temperatures but Highland cattle have been described as "almost as cold-tolerant as the arctic-dwelling caribou and reindeer".
Conversely due to their thick coats they are much less tolerant of heat.
For me they are one of the cutest coos in the world...the calves looking like teddy bears, as you see in my pic, and the adults with their long horns and stylish fringes are equally adorable. 😍🐂🐮🐃😍